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image SM Adam volume 13/25

Reference number

SM Adam volume 13/25

Purpose

[17] Finished drawing for the ceiling for the front drawing room, 1769; it is not known if this design was executed

Aspect

Plan of a rectangular ceiling, with a central medallion enclosed within a circular frame of Vitruvian scroll, and framed by four pedestals supporting drops of calyx, rosettes enclosed within wreaths, tubular flowers, and anthemia, and the whole is set within an x-shaped frame with a rosette enclosed by an octagon at each corner, and with an apron of festoons on each side, beyond which are segmental compartments with fluted frames, containing urns and arabesques, and the whole is flanked by rectangular bordering compartments containing rosettes and anthemia enclosed within connected lozenges

Scale

bar scale of ¾ inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Cieling of the front Drawing room in the 3d. House. Royal Terrace Adelphi / The Back D room at Large 3d House (in pencil)

Signed and dated

1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including pink, olive green and cerulean blue on laid paper (599 x 410)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
King, 2001, Volume I, p.84
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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